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Question DetailsAsked on 10/25/2016

can asphalt shingles be installed when it is 40 degrees in the early winter?

That is the proposal by a roofing company - 2nd week of November and The Weather Channel forecasts 40-45 degrees.

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Might also void the manufacturer warranty, because most of them state something like 45-50 degree minimum installation temperature. And, cold weather application makes for more cracking and possible tab detachment fro the base of the shingle during nailing - so you would be starting with a less than perfect roof, even though issues from that might not crop up for a decade or more.

I would certainly avoid it if this is routine preventative reroofing - though if roof is in serious condition you may have no choice. If a leak repair-or-replace situation, unless they are talking over one or maybe even two thousand $ (for normal size house, where a total reroof might run $7-12,000), I would seriously consider getting the repair and holding off on the reroof till better conditions.

Your decision would also somewhat depend on what is right under the roof - a bare insulated attic would see a lot less damage from a leak than say a high-end finished attic or one filled with stored valuables/antiques or furniture, for instance.

Another factor - preheating of shingles per one of the above leaks, and whether the roof is likely to be sunny during the application period, which would heat the shingles well above ambient air temp as long as the work surface is in the sun.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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